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Adela Song

Outside of the lab, Adela loves hiking, listening to music and playing chess. This past summer, Adela got the chance to work on her research skills through SSRP!

A senior in high school hailing from Lake Forest, California, Adela got the chance to explore the world of protein interactions and the hustle and bustle of NYC during her SSRP experience! Her current research interests focus on protein folding and molecular interactions.

NYC was a whole new environment from my Southern California life; I got to experience the busy, productive NYC life.

What were you hoping to gain from the SSRP program?

“I was hoping to gain a lot of experience in dry & wet lab and learn from being in a research environment”

How has your participation in the program impacted your interest in science/research?

“It really solidified my research interests, and now I am much more interested in proteomics”

How did the SSRP impact your personal growth?

“I feel like I am more outspoken because there were many times at SSRP where I had to take initiative in order to get stuff done. Also, I am much more happy being productive rather than just being idle at home”

What advice would you give to incoming SSRP students to help them make the most of their time?

“Take full advantage of all the resources! Attend all the lectures and stay in the lab after hours to get the most out of your experience. Don’t let 11-hour lab days scare you off!”

Adela presenting her poster at the SSRP Poster Presentation Session.

Favorite Memory from SSRP?

“Presenting our work at the NYCSRM Consortium, then running in the rain to get to a Chinese restaurant.”


Adela was a part of the Protein Pioneers track. Her independent project focused on designing ERK1 active site mutations to predict orthosteric inhibitor resistance.

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